Sunday, February 10, 2008
WEEKEND FILLED WITH MINISTRY
Your missionary to Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, Rob Schenck, reporting:
Ministering to government officials in Washington generally keeps me and our ministry team busy for long days Monday through Friday. Most weekends the staff has off, but on an average of two weekends a month, I get on a plane, train or into a car to make my way to a pulpit somewhere in the country. This is the other part of my life--what we call Faith and Action's "pulpit ministry."
This past weekend I was in Westlake, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, at the dynamic Church on the Rise pastored by the Reverend Dr. Paul Endrei and his wife, Patti. Pastor Paul and Patti have built a vivacious mega-church that places a premium on families, young people and children. Like Pastor like people, "COR," as it's known, is a very warm, hospitable, passionate congregation with an unusual mix of ages and ethnic backgrounds. Pastors Paul and Patti are also very busy conducting "ULTI-MATE" marriage conferences in churches across the country. Their newly released book on the secrets to a successful marriage, "Glue," is a sell-out everywhere they speak.
The Endrei's and COR has supported Faith and Action since its inception in 1994, the year we arrived on Capitol Hill!
While the travel part of pulpit ministry gets a little more difficult as time goes on, I still love going out and reporting what God is doing here in Washington, challenging God's people with a message from His Word, and meeting new friends who care about the soul of our American culture. If you'd like me to pay a visit to your church, talk to your pastor and congregational leaders. They can contact us by E-mail, phone or fax at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-546-8329, extension 103, or 202-546-6864, respectively. (Please note: we can only respond to formal invitations from churches themselves or the official organizers of church or other events.)
Our approach to pulpit ministry is in keeping with our philosophy of "the sender and the sent." We could not do what we've been sent to Capitol Hill to do without your partnership as the sender. We depend on your prayers, your encouragement and your generous financial support. No one can be a "sender" alone; you can only be sent if someone sends you. That's where you come in for us. God has provided you as our "sender" so we can go!
Back with more . . .
Rev. Rob Schenck
Faith and Action
109 2nd St., NE
Washington, DC, 20002